Spring 2018 Workshop – Videos






Fall 2019 Conference – Racial Inequities in Maternal Health Outcomes

FALL 2019 Racial Inequities in Maternal Health Outcomes

November 14, 4:00-8:00PM

4:00-5:00 Registration, Networking, Dinner, and Resource Tables

5:00–5:05 Conference Introduction
Carrie Bridges Feliz, MPH, Co-Chair Women’s Health Council of RI

5:05-5:45 Root Causes of Black Maternal Health Inequities: Confronting Disparities and Inequities
Carmen Green, MPH, National Training Director, National Birth Equity Collaborative


5:45-6:00 Q&A and Discussion with Carmen Green
Facilitator: Carrie Bridges Feliz


6:00-6:45 Discussion: Real Stories, Real Impacts and Suggested Solutions
Quatia Osorio, CCHW, CLC, Doula
Latisha Michel, CCHW, CLC, Doula, MCH Specialist


6:45-7:30 Racial Equity Initiative Tools and Outcomes 
Beth Buxton, LCSW, Director, Maternal Health Initiatives, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Stephanie Campbell, MPH, Director, Office of Sexual Health and Youth Development, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

7:30-7:45 Q&A and Closing Remarks
Facilitator: Carmen Green, MPH
Peg Miller, MD, 
Co-chair, Women’s Health Council of RI

7:45-8:00 Group Discussions



The Miriam Hospital
TMH-Hurvitz 1 & 2 Conference Room
164 Summit Avenue, Providence, RI


Fall 2017 ”Healthy Aging in Women” Conference Slides

SLIDES: Focus on Physical and Mental Health for Healthy Aging (Healthy Body, Mind & Soul)
Lynn McNicoll, MD, FRCPC, AGSF, Geriatrician

SLIDES: Palliative Care: Objectives, Defining Characteristics, Language and Benefits
Amy Pilotte, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, Lifespan

SLIDES: Understanding Medication Management Complexities in Older Women
James Beaulieu, PharmD, Lifespan Pharmacy

SLIDES: Urinary Incontinence and Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Janice Santos-Cortes, MD, University Urological Associates and Program for Pelvic Floor Disorders



Form for Learning Series

Interest form for Learning Series on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Health Care Delivery

This learning series meets on fours dates. There are limited seats available and it is expected you will attend all four sessions. 
Thank you for your understanding.

Location: Online via Zoom

Dates: May 20, 4:30 – 6:30 PM, June 10, 4:30 – 6:00 PM, September 23, 4:30 – 6:30 PM, October 14, 4:30 – 6:00 PM

Please complete the form below to express your interest in the upcoming Learning Series.

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Governor signs several bills into law that deal with opioid crisis

STATE HOUSE – Today, at a ceremonial bill signing held at The Providence Center-Recovery Navigation Program, Governor Gina Raimondo signed several bills into law that will help combat the state’s opioid crisis. In attendance at the ceremony were the legislative sponsors of the five bills and Department of Health Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott…


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2016 Spark Award Winner

Karen Rosene Montella Spark Award for Innovation in Women’s Health in RI 2016 Winner




Corinna Roy receives Spark award for recipient Rebecca Boss, Acting Director, Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals and State Opioid Treatment Authority

For: Her development and implementation of the Anchor ED Program which connects overdose patients in Hospital EDs with peer to peer recovery support while they are being held for observation, a time when they are likely to be receptive to help from others who have lived the experience, and continues that care post visit to help them on a path to recovery and health.

Primary Evaluation Criteria:

Innovative research, education, clinical care and policy/advocacy that improves medical, behavioral and/or social health of women in Rhode Island at any point in their lifespan. Size of initiative is not relevant.

  • The Program provides an innovative approach to reaching overdose patients who come to Hospital EDs and their families to improve outcomes and long-term recovery.
  • The Program is reducing opioid overdose deaths, ED visits and, therefore, is impacting individuals, families and communities throughout the State as individuals begin a successful path to recovery.

awardFocuses on health and/or socioeconomic disparities in community

  • The significant increase in opioid deaths in Rhode Island has become a public health crisis. Women have historically been low users of heroin but there has been a 100% increase in use among women nationwide since 2004. Rhode Island rates are rising and likely similar.
  • Prior to this program patients routinely left the ED without being referred to treatment or recovery support services, a lost opportunity for intervention and successful continuity of care and a high likelihood that they would return.

Removes barriers to care or broadens reach of existing are centers

  • The patients are more likely to agree to talk with an Anchor coach because of the peer to peer nature of the consult. To date, only 16 survivors have declined.
  • The post ED support also enhances the chance that patients access recovery support services.

Has been in place for 1 year with demonstrable results

  • Was launched in June 2014 and now a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist is available to all RI hospital EDs 24/7.
  • Has successful statistics and qualitative support from ED providers and national organizations

Secondary Evaluation Criteria:

Links providers who deliver care and coordinate services or promotes the health of women

  • Has developed a continuity of care from ED visit through recovery treatment and follow-up in the community.
  • Uses appropriate providers at appropriate times of the patient’s visit

Expected transferability of process, service or program to other organizations

  • Has already been implemented in all the EDs across the State and is being implemented in at least ten other states nationwide.
  • The Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy has called it one of the most innovative programs in the country
  • The Program is supported by Certified Peer Recovery Specialists, or “Anchor coaches” who go through a vigorous training and continuing education developed for the Program.

Ability to engage patients, clients and/or community in a meaningful way

  • Most of the patients seen by the Anchor coaches have not been in a formal treatment program in the prior 12 months.
  • 87.5% engagement on the 30th day following an ED visit after overdosing and 37.5% have accepted a referral to detox or medicated assisted treatment within one week after the ED visit.

Other Program Components:

  • Provide warm handoffs to individuals and/or family members (if the individual is agreeable) to treatment and recovery resources
  • Offer SUD education and support to any family member or friend supporting the patient’s recovery
  • Provide the individual and/or family member(s) (if agreeable) specific education on overdose prevention, the use of Naloxone and how to obtain Naloxone
  • Review “recovery planning” tool and/or additional resources to patients and their family members
  • Continued contact for additional recovery support after discharge with first contact within 24 hours
  • Followed by Anchor Recovery Community Center through recovery coaching, telephone recovery support, treatment referral and recovery housing.



Rhode Island Overdose Prevention And Intervention Task Force Action Plan

“Drug overdoses represent a public health crisis that is as urgent as any we have ever confronted in Rhode Island. Over the last five years, we have lost more than 1,000 people to drug overdoses, and they have come from almost every community in the state.

As a parent, my heart breaks for the hundreds of Rhode Island families who have lost loved ones to addiction and overdose. We must demand and make swift change to address this crisis and promote treatment, prevention and recovery.”

Gina M. Raimondo, Governor



SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention TOOLKIT: Information for Prescribers

SAMHSA: Clinical Education Opportunities in Recovery-oriented Practice

This two-course series offers information and resources for providers serving individuals with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorder.


Agenda from the Healthy Eating for a Healthy Heart Conference (Spring 2016)

A practical workshop that focuses on the real issues of healthy eating, accessing healthy food and coaching your patients to change their behavior and their health.


5:00-5:30    Dinner, Networking

5:30–5:40    Welcome
Carrie Bridges Feliz, MPH, and Peg Miller, MD, FACP Co-Chairs Women’s Health Council of RI

5:40-6:00    Making Sense of Diet Recommendations for Heart Health
Chef Todd Seyfarth, MS, RD, CSSD, Department Chair and Program Director, Department of Culinary Nutrition, Johnson & Wales University

6:00-6:50    Panel Discussion: Solving the Critical Access Problem
FACILITATOR: Jennifer Thiesen, MS, RNP, Director Care Transitions, Lifespan
PANELISTS: Eliza Sutton, MPH, Food Access Manager, Thundermist Health Centers Amy Nunn, MS, ScD, Executive Director, Rhode Island Public Health Institute Michelle N. Karn, MA, Communications Director, American Heart Association

6:50 – 7:45    Coaching Your Patients to Yes for Healthy Eating
Eileen Hayes, LICSW President & CEO, Amos House, Includes role playing

7:45-8:00    Feedback, Q&A and Closing Remarks
Karen Rosene-Montella, MD, FACP, Chair Women’s Health Council of RI

Presenters from the Healthy Eating for a Healthy Heart Conference Spring (2016)

Carrie Bridges-Feliz Director of Community Health Services Lifespan Corporate Services Bridges-Feliz, Carrie 2014

Carrie Bridges Feliz, MPH, is the Director of the Lifespan Community Health Institute. She has an extensive background in public health having served as the team lead for Health Disparities and Access to Care in the R.I. Department of Health. In that role, she supervised the offices of Minority Health, Women’s Health, and Primary and Rural Health. She also served as a public health prevention specialist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she concentrated on Rhode Island refugee health; HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, and tuberculosis prevention efforts; and infectious diseases. She is Co-chair of the Women’s Health Council of RI.

Hayes PhotoEileen Hayes, LICSW has been a social worker for 32 years. She has held a variety of positions including the Director of Services for Adolescents and Young Families at the YWCA of New York and the Director of Parenting Education Services for the New York City Department of Health. Since 1990 she has served as a national consultant for MDRC, PPV and National Fatherhood Initiative, consulting on issues of poverty, marriage education, fatherhood and parenting. Ms. Hayes is currently the President/CEO of Amos House, a social service agency and soup kitchen in Providence Rhode Island that serves poor and homeless men, women, and children.

Michelle N. Karn, MA, Communications Director, American Heart Association, is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Music and Communications. Since joining the American Heart Association in 2007, Michelle has been working on campaigns in the Southern New England region that help raise awareness, fund prevention and research programs to fight heart disease and stroke.  After transitioning to the role of Communications Director in 2013, Michelle has worked to elevate the brand of the American Heart Association as a leading resource for cardiovascular disease information in the region. By developing a comprehensive multi-channel communications and public relations program, she works to increase awareness about cardiovascular diseases, assist with community health efforts, and support the mission to build healthier, longer lives in Rhode Island and Southeastern, MA.

Photo Miller Margaret (Peg) MDPeg Miller, MD, FACP, is Director of the Women’s Medicine Collaborative, a Lifespan Partner, and is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is a board-certified internist whose primary area of interest is medical problems in pregnancy. Dr. Miller is a member of the International Society of Obstetric Medicine, currently serves as the President of the North American Society of Obstetric Medicine and Co-Chair of the Women’s Health Council of RI. Her clinical and research interests include medical problems in pregnancy and cardiovascular risk in women with pregnancy complications.

Nunn-photoAmy Nunn, MS, ScD, is an Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the Brown University School of Public Health and in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Brown Medical School. She is also the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Public Health Institute (RIPHI). She currently conducts HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C (HCV) prevention research and is Principal Investigator of an NIH grant. A social scientist by training, she has conducted domestic and international research on a variety of health topics and has conducted global health policy research. Dr. Nunn has received research grants from Harvard University, the US Departments of Defense and Education, and many others and received an “Outstanding New Researcher Award” at the 2009 CDC HIV Prevention Conference and an NIH Career Development Award in 2010. Dr. Nunn holds masters and doctoral degrees from the Harvard School of Public Health and is a former Fulbright Scholar.

KRosene-MontellaKaren Rosene-Montella, MD, FACP, is the Senior Vice President for Women’s Services and Clinical Integration at Lifespan. Dr. Rosene-Montella is a Professor and Vice Chair of Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Previously she served as Chief of Medicine at Women & Infant’s Hospital. Dr. Rosene-Montella is a founding member and current Chair of the Women’s Health Council of RI.


Seyfarth PhotoChef Todd Seyfarth, MS, RD, CSSD, is an Associate Professor, Department Chair & Program Director, Culinary Nutrition Program, College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University, and a Registered Dietitian and a resource within his profession and by journalists in culinary nutrition. In addition to his role as an associate professor he has been a faculty advisor to the JWU Nutrition Society Student Organization, has consulted on the ‘Simply Ming’ PBS television program, with Chef Ming Tsai, for over a decade, and has been an key resource for the Tulane University “Culinary Medicine” initiative. Chef Seyfarth is a popular speaker and has spoken widely. Chef Seyfarth holds degrees in Culinary Arts and Culinary Nutrition from Johnson & Wales University and an MS in Healthcare Policy and Management, Stony Brook University and is a Registered Dietitian (RD/RDN) and a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD).

ESutton-headshotEliza Sutton, MPH has been working in the public health field for many years.  She began her career working in community HIV prevention programs in New York City.  Her interest in food access strengthened as she spent time in diverse communities in New York.  Eliza worked at Southside Community Land Trust working with low-income families for seven years.  Currently, she is the Food Access Manager at Thundermist Health Center, increasing food access for low-income patients at Thundermist’s 3 sites.  Eliza received her BA from Antioch College and her MPH from Hunter College, City University of NY.

Thiesen-photoJennifer Thiesen, MS, RNP, has 28 years of nursing experience in roles of increasing responsibility in both nursing education, nursing administration and as a nurse practitioner. She is the Director of Care Transitions and presently oversees the Heart Failure Transition Program at The Miriam Hospital.

Videos from the Intimate Partner Violence Workshop (2011)

Constance A. Howes, JD introduces the the Women’s Health Council of RI workshop.




Amy S. Gottlieb, MD presents statistics and information about Intimate Partner Violence.




Sarah C. DeCataldo describes the dynamics, of IPV and of power and control wheel.




Deborah DeBare, MMHS introduces Maria, a hypothetical patient. Each presenter hereafter builds on Maria’s story.




Amy S. Gottlieb, MD details the importance of IPV screening and interactions with patients.




Margaret Howard, PhD describes non-judgmental, empathic screening and non-verbal cues to notice.




Amy Goldberg, MD discusses the impact on children who witness or experience IPV.




Sandra M. Shaw, MSN, RN discusses the content and importance of initial assessment for IPV.




Jennifer E. Lang, MSW, LCSW discusses creating a safety plan for victims/survivors of IPV.




Detective Sergeant William Merandi describes law enforcement responsibilities around IPV.




Amy S. Gottlieb, MD details how a systems based approach can improve the health care response to IPV.




Yvonne M. Heredia, MSN, RN, CDOE speaks about the transition from victim of IPV to survivor.






For mail correspondence:

Women’s Health Council of RI
Lifespan Community Health Institute
335R Prairie Avenue, Suite 2B
Providence, RI 02905


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4th Annual Women’s Health Conference: Issues for Women in the Workplace Fall (2013)

Vision 2020 is a national initiative developed by the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine to make equality a national priority through shared leadership among women and men

Healthy Work Survey statistics concerning challenges that women face in the workplace.

Presenters from the Eating Disorders in Women Workshop Spring (2015)

Adriana Brayman RD, LDN, CNSC, is a licensed, registered dietitian. Adriana has extensive clinical pediatric and adult nutrition experience with a specialty in eating disorders. She was has been the senior pediatric dietitian and inpatient and outpatient eating disorder dietitian at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, RI and led the eating disorder program at at Silver Hill psychiatric hospital and the primary dietitian at One Source Nutrition, a practice based in Stamford, CT. She also worked with patient of all ages including infants and toddlers through adults and with various diagnoses including bulimia nervosa and substance abuse. Adriana currently runs her own practice located in the Historic district of East Greenwich.

Christina L. Boisseau, PhD, is research psychologist at Butler Hospital and an Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She specializes in the research and treatment of eating and anxiety disorders.

Lindsay Daskalopoulos, LICSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Providence. She has extensive experience working with young adults and specializes in eating disorders and body image issues, adjustment, grief, depression, trauma and cross cultural issues. She practices from a psychodynamic and relational perspective and focuses on listening,understanding and problem solving to help create change, hope and effective coping. She worked in multiple college counseling settings and in community mental health prior to opening her practice in 2004.

Abigail Donaldson, MD, is a board certified in both Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. She received her medical degree from the University of Vermont School of Medicine, she completed pediatric residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and her Adolescent Medicine Fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is the Medical Director of the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Eating Disorder Program, and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She provides subspecialty care in eating disorders in the inpatient and outpatient settings, and works with a multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive management for eating disordered patients in the region.

Carrie Bridges Feliz, MPH, is lead its Community Health Services at Lifespan. She has an extensive background in public health having served as the team lead for Health Disparities and Access to Care in the R.I. Department of Health. In that role, she supervised the offices of Minority Health, Women’s Health, and Primary and Rural Health. She also served as a public health prevention specialist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she concentrated on Rhode Island refugee health; HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, and tuberculosis prevention efforts; and infectious diseases.

Teri Pearlstein, MD, is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Associate Professor of Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Since August 1, 2011, she has been the Director of Women’s Behavioral Medicine at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative, affiliated with Miriam Hospital. She was the Director of the Center for Women’s Behavioral Health at Women and Infants Hospital 1996-2011 and the Director of the Women’s Treatment Program at Butler Hospital 1990-2000. Dr. Pearlstein has been a leader in various capacities in her professional organizations and has published over 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts in the areas of premenstrual dysphoric disorder, perinatal mood disorders, perimenopause, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other mental health disorders in women.

Karen Rosene-Montella, MD, is the Senior Vice President for Women’s Services and
Clinical Integration at Lifespan. Dr. Rosene-Montella is a Professor and Vice Chair of Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Previously she served as Chief of Medicine at Women & Infant’s Hospital. Dr. Rosene-Montella is a founding member and current Chair of the Women’s Health Council of RI.

Christina Tortolani, PhD, is a Staff Psychologist in the Division of Child and Family
Psychiatry at Rhode Island Hospital. She is an Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling,Educational Leadership, School Psychology, Rhode Island College and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Alpert Medical School at Brown University. She earned her MA from Boston College and doctorate from Northeastern University. She completed her internship in Clinical Psychology at Dartmouth Medical School and postdoctoral fellowship in traumatic stress at Brown Medical School. Christina’s clinical and research interests include the treatment of eating disorders, body image and trauma.

The Council

Our Mission

Our mission is to bring more cost effective, evidence-based improvements for women’s health care into integrated practice, through research, education, improved clinical care, and policy and advocacy.


•    Pose new questions for investigation
•    Institute steps for evaluation and continual improvement
•    Translate research and new therapies into effective practice and policy


•    Expand the provider audience to include all individuals who care for the physical, mental or social health of women
•    Inform providers in all areas of women’s health
•    Link providers across disciplines in the discussions
•    Engage providers in partnering with women to encourage healthy lifestyle choices
•    Improve women’s access to appropriate physical, mental and social health care

Clinical Care

•    Identify areas of primary prevention and disease management
•    Enable integration across care disciplines
•    Identify women at risk and improve their outcomes

Policy and Advocacy

•    Affect women’s health care policy
•    Improve systems of, payment for, and monitoring of metrics of care delivery
•    Have an impact at the local, state and national levels

We will know we are successful

  • When more research is directed to those areas that will improve policy and outcomes in women’s health.
  • When payers use the data that proves the value of integrated on-going care to provide appropriate coverage.
  • When new practices and therapies flow through a ready channel from theory to clinical implementation.
  • When the social, mental and physical health of a woman is routinely considered by providers and payers who respond with a plan.
  • When communication barriers are overcome so women are better able to access the system.
  • When the Rhode Island Women’s Health Report Card demonstrates improved quality indicators that distinguish us nationally.

Council Leadership

We serve the women of Southeastern New England, spanning the states of Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. The population includes approximately one million women. A multitude of immigrant populations are attracted to this area, which embraces tolerant health care. Our focus on a non-traditional definition of women’s health is a culturally-competent approach that includes all age ranges and disease.


Carrie B. Feliz, MPH
Peg Miller, MD, FACP,


Brief History

In January 2008, Karen Rosene-Montella, MD, then Chief of Medicine at Women & Infants Hospital, and Mary Reich Cooper, MD, JD, Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer at Lifespan Corporation, convened the Women’s Health Council of RI with the intent of improving the quality of health care for women across the state.

As the co-chairs report, “We wanted to fill gaps in care, encourage innovative models, develop collaborative quality and research initiatives, and redefine women’s healthcare as more than GYN care only. We also hoped to make Rhode Island a demonstration project for quality measures in women’s health that would be promoted by the Council.”

Today the Council’s Mission is clear. All of its activities are designed to bring the expanded definition of women’s health care to the public: as a promise and in practice.

See our past events here

Our Initiatives

The Women’s Health Council of RI holds annual quality conferences and critical workshop trainings. We develop Women’s Health Report Cards, which target areas of risk for women’s health and track how RI is doing. We create “pocket cards” for providers use, available as free downloads from our website. And we regularly invite representatives of community health agencies to participate in our events, so full-spectrum viewpoints are presented to a diverse audience.

In October 2010, our first annual conference, and the first quality conference for women’s health in Rhode Island, we introduced the community to the Council and our approach to expanding health care for women. We have continued to follow up the information from the Conferences with in-depth Critical Workshop Trainings for RI providers, payors and policy-makers.




Join the Women’s Health Council

If you have an interest in broadening the standards of quality health care for women, and work directly or indirectly in the field, you are welcome to submit an application to join our volunteer organization.

Our meetings are held monthly. Minutes are distributed at each meeting, and posted on the Members log in section of the website.

Members often contribute to sub-committees and help to plan and staff the workshops and annual conference, as well as participate in the policy, quality and communications committees.

For more information about past events and their content, please visit the Resources section of this website.

If you are interested, please contact us using the Join Form.




Report Cards from the Socioeconomic Stressors Workshop (2013)

2012 Women’s Health Report Card (side 1) socioeconomic determinants of health (side 1)

2012 Women’s Health Report Card (side 2) socioeconomic determinants of health (side 2)